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Yapton 2015 tickets now on sale

Yapton Beerex tickets are now on sale, both by post and over the bar in local pubs.

More details on Yapton Beerex 2015, including ticket sales details.

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Pub of the Year 2015: the Inglenook, Nyetimber

Congratulations to the Inglenook, Nyetimber, on being voted Pub of the Year for 2015.

As well as the regular London Pride and Young’s Special, the pub has several guest beers, including some strong ones that are unusual for the area. (If you overindulge, accommodation is also available!)

They also have a pub cat, who is on the mend after a recent car accident, and a pub parrot — an unusual feature!

Congratulations to Tony, Edna, Garry and their staff.

UPDATE: The award will be presented at 2pm on Saturday, March 14.

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Gribble Inn update

Restoration work has finally started at the Gribble Inn in Oving after a great deal of hassle for Simon and Nikki. The estimated completion date is the end of February 2015.

In the meantime, the Gribble Brewery Tap will be open in the old skittle alley on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Opening time is 12:00 on all three days, with Friday closing at 22:30 and Saturday and Sunday closing at 18:00.

The beer list will necessarily be a bit more restricted than it was in the pub, but at least you’ll be able to drink it!

Please do pop in if you can.

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Three in a row for the Wilkes Head

As you already know, the Wilkes Head, Eastergate, is branch Pub of the Year for the third time running — but it’s now been confirmed that it has won the Sussex Pub of the Year for the third time running as well!

Congratulations to Trevor, Sonia, and the staff.

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Yapton 2014 Beer of the Festival

The results are in!

LocAle of the Festival:

4th place: Downlands Devil’s Dyke Honey Porter
3rd place: Brighton Bier Company Grand Porter
2nd place: Burning Sky Plateau
1st place: Langham Jubilee Saison

Beer of the Festival:

2nd place: Tiny Rebel Hank
1st place: Downlands Devil’s Dyke Honey Porter

It’s good to see so many porters winning this year, but particularly impressive for the LocAle of the Festival award to be won for the second year running by a brand new beer! Congratulations to all the breweries.

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Old Barn, Felpham closed down [UPDATED: since reopened under new management]

UPDATE: The Old Barn reopened under new management in mid-2013, and is no longer a “problem pub”. We’ve visited on various occasions and found a friendly pub with good beer.

The text below dates from January 2013, and is out of date. It is included here for reference.

The Old Barn, Felpham, has had its licence revoked at a licensing committee hearing on January 18, following evidence of drug activity, serving alcohol to minors, and other crime and disorder.

Anyone wanting to reopen the Old Barn as a pub would need to apply for a new licence; given there are other pubs in the area, it seems unlikely that the council will grant one.

Of course, this will also stop Tesco and the like from marching in and turning it into Yet Another Supermarket™, unless they don’t want to sell alcohol. So a change of use to residential seems a likely outcome here, much as we’d like to see the pub reopened.

UPDATE: The Old Barn may be reopening after all.

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Pub of the Year 2014: the Wilkes Head, Eastergate

Apr 5, 2014
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The Wilkes Head, Eastergate, has won the Branch Pub of the Year award for the third year running. Congratulations — again! — to Trevor, Sonia, and the staff.

The LocAle-accredited, two-bar Wilkes Head sells Adnams Bitter as its regular beer, with up to three guests. Food is available in a separate dining area, and there’s a large beer garden.

The award presentation will be at 2:30pm on Saturday, April 5. All are welcome!

Stagecoach bus route 66 stops at the end of Church Road (get off near the petrol station/Elmtree Stores) or it’s about a 20 minute walk from Barnham station: turn left out of the station, then turn left into Church Road.

Map to the Wilkes Head
The Wilkes Head
The Wilkes Head
Western Sussex CAMRA Pub of the Year 2012
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Yapton Beerex tickets now available

Tickets for the 2014 Yapton Beerex are now available for mail order customers and should be in pubs during the next week.

More details of stockists are on the Yapton Beerex 2014 page.

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No meetings December 24 & 31

There are no branch meetings on December 24 and December 31, for obvious reasons.

We’ll resume in January; in the meantime, a very merry Christmas to all. May your stocking be full of beer (well, not literally — that would be a bit messy!)

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Happy birthday to us!

At 12:00 on July 22, the Midhurst & District branch of CAMRA was founded at the Shamrock Inn, Bepton (now the Country Inn).

Here’s to another 40 years!

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